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Bookstore appeals for help

Staff at troubled Christian bookstore Wesley Owen are asking customers to sign a petition of support to keep the shop open. The former Church of Scotland bookshop in Edinburgh’s George Street could close with the loss of ten jobs after the company which took it over was put up for sale. Staff believe a show […]

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Sports shop is forced to open on the Sabbath

Scotland’s oldest sports shop has opened for the first time on a Sunday in its 100-year history, with its owner blaming “an Americanised culture” for the move. Greaves Sports began a seven-day operation from January 3 at its store in Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street. Managing director Sandy Greaves said it flew in the face of his […]

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Burns Bible for sale at £25k

A Bible owned by Robert Burns is being sold for £25,000 – almost ten times what its owners paid for it just five months ago. The book, which was owned by Burns in the last days of his life, has already attracted two firm offers of interest from Scottish buyers. The Bible, described as "an […]

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Car giant gives staff Sundays off

Sunday as a day of rest, under attack from rapacious consumerism and an increasingly secular society, now has an unlikely new defender: a car salesman who is putting principle before profit. Peter Vardy, a devout Christian, is to close his chain of car showrooms across Scotland on Sundays, traditionally one of the most profitable days […]

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14 Wesley Owen shops saved as IBS-STL sells off trading divisions

The Board of Trustees and Senior Management of Carlisle-based Christian charity IBS-STL UK, formerly known as STL, have announced the sale of two of its three trading divisions: Authentic Media and STL Distribution, as well as the sale of a significant number of its retail stores that comprise the third trading division: Wesley Owen. A […]

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Wesley Owen stores enter administration

The future of Christian bookshop chain, Wesley Owen, hangs in the balance after parent company IBS-STL announced yesterday (18th December) it had gone into administration. Russell S Cash and Don Bailey of Baker Tilly Restructuring and Recovery have been appointed joint administrators. In November, Baker Tilly was brought in to "pursue the sale" of its […]

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Shutting the office over Christmas may 'offend'

Employers have been warned that shutting the office over Christmas or putting up religious decorations could be seen as discriminatory by non-Christian staff. But organisations which must stay open should not worry about making Christians work during the religious holiday. The remarks come from the Employers Forum on Belief in a new publication, Christmas – […]

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Bigotry at work doesn’t count as banter

Clear guidance for employers and staff is needed to banish sectarianism for the workplace according to a new report. The report by Strathclyde University academics for the STUC said firms should be also legally required to monitor sectarian incidents at work, and wanted "clear guidance" on not dismissing prejudiced comments as workplace banter or humour. […]

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Bookshop staff face losing jobs

Staff at a Christian bookshop are facing the threat of redundancy in the run-up to Christmas. The former Church of Scotland bookshop in Edinburgh’s George Street could close with the loss of ten jobs after the company which took it over was put up for sale. Christian bookshop chain Wesley Owen, which has six shops […]

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Wesley Owen faces closure as IBS-STL decides to ‘exit the business’

The Bible Society has called for urgent consultation over the future of Christian bookshops, after Monday’s announcement by the Christian book distributor and Bible charity IBS-STL that it is to sell its UK operations. They include the 40 Wesley Owen bookshops. The company said that financial problems, alongside supply and ser­-v­ice difficulties in its distribution […]

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